Learning disability day opportunities

We offer day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities from our day centre bases or out in the community.

We have centres in the following areas, which provide a wide range of groups and activities that can be tailored to meet the needs of those attending.

Centre Phone number
Athersley South (01226) 292008
Dearne  (01709) 896850
Gilroyd (01226) 787901
Wombwell (01226) 753441
Keresforth Special Resource Centre
(for people who have more complex or challenging needs)
(01226) 727342

Is it for me?

Call one of our centres for a chat about whether this service is suitable for you, or the person you care for.  You can also arrange to visit one of our buildings, meet our staff and service users, and find out what's on offer. Check their noticeboards for photos and stories of the activities that we're involved in, written by our service users.  

People of all ages use our service, from young people who have just made the transition from children's services and want a full programme of activities and support, through to people who are older and enjoy the social aspects of coming to our centres.   

Those who attend also have varying needs, from people with mild to moderate learning disabilities, through to those who have more complex learning and physical disabilities and health issues.

Types of activities

You can choose how you want to mix and match a variety of services and support to meet your needs. For example, you might want to spend part of your week with us and the rest going to college.  You could decide to use our employment and volunteering service and attend a placement on some days. 

Our service users often tell us what kind of activities they want to get involved in and we'll try to provide these wherever possible, either in our building or by helping people to access what's already available in the community.

Activities include:

  • cookery
  • gardening
  • animal care
  • IT
  • photography and media
  • managing your money
  • exercise classes and other leisure activities
  • walking groups
  • day trips
  • volunteering with local groups and businesses

How to apply for day opportunities

To find out if you qualify for day opportunities, you'll need to have had an assessment.

Because there's a daily rate payable for our day services, you'll also need to have a financial assessment of your circumstances so that we can calculate how much you'll need to pay towards the cost.  If you prefer not to have a financial assessment, you can pay the full daily rate.

If you're eligible, we'll work with you, and your parents or carers, to develop a package of support that's suitable for you.   This sets out how we can build on your daily living skills, enable you to get out and about in the community, and support your overall health and wellbeing.  We'll also include opportunities for you to take part in any hobbies you already enjoy and support you to pursue other interests you may have. 

Getting to activities

We can arrange social services transport for you if you've been assessed as needing this. We'll be advised about any charges for this at the time of your assessment. 

We also provide a travel training service called Free to Go, which works with adults with learning disabilities and other groups, who need some support to travel independently - either on public transport or on foot.  You can read all the details of how this works on their webpage.